As menstrual cups become more and more common, many people now know the basics of how they work and how to use them. However, what you may not be as familiar with is a small but very important list of things you should not do with your cup. So, before you end up learning one of those lessons the hard way, here’s our short list of things you should never (never) do with your menstrual cup.
Don’t forget about it
The main thing you should know about menstrual cups is how comfortable they are. When you’ve been using dry cotton swabs or bulky pads all your life, switching to a medical-grade soft silicone cup often leaves people wondering why they didn’t switch sooner.
The flip side of this cup comfort is that sometimes you can forget it’s even there. Many menstruators have some sort of sixth sense when it’s time to change their cup, but if you’re unsure about this — or maybe you’re just on a day off — there are plenty of ways to brush up on your memory. You can set a reminder on your phone or ask a friend to remind you.
Don’t panic if you can’t remove it
There are very few people who manage to properly remove their cup the first time they try it. It’s not that it’s hard to do — it just takes a little getting used to. The tricky part is understanding the concept of a cup seal.
The seal that the cup forms in your vaginal canal is what stops your cup from leaking as you move around throughout the day. Breaking this seal is the key to effective cup removal, but it can definitely take some time. Two tips to try if you’re having trouble: squeeze the base and wait for it to gently open at the top, or alternatively, lightly press your finger on the rim of the cup.
Don’t neglect your cup
What you may not know is that many menstrual cups — and all TaVa menstrual cups — are made from medical grade silicone, which is naturally antimicrobial. This means that these bowls can naturally provide some protection against bacterial growth.
Don’t stress the leak
If you’re thinking about using menstrual cups, fear of leakage is a common reason. If you’ve been using tampons and pads all your life, it’s understandable that you’ll be phasing in on the prospect of a new and non-absorbent period collection method such as bowls. While it’s perfectly normal to be worried about a new way to manage your menstrual cycle, it’s not necessary.
Don’t underestimate your cup
Forget the changes in material, shape, and how you use it — one of the biggest differences between traditional period management methods and menstrual cups is the exhilarating freedom.
While tampons and pads need to be changed every few hours and can make daily activities like exercising or swimming difficult, cups can give you tremendous flexibility. In addition to not needing to be changed within eight hours, menstrual cups are often so convenient that you’ll forget you’re even using them. You also never have to worry about running out of disposable products for a period. The cup just needs a quick rinse and wipe, and it’s good to go again — saving you peace of mind — and money.